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WCSX Classic Cuts : Wild Night

WCSX Classic Cuts

Van Morrison: "Wild Night"

The Hook: A young guitarist named Ronnie Montrose played the intro riff, but it was Van who recognized that that's where it belonged in the song.

Album: Tupelo Honey

Year: 1971

Writer: Van Morrison

Stats: Peaked at number-28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Van Morrison recorded his Tupelo Honey album outside San Francisco. One of the guitarists on the sessions was the late Ronnie Montrose, who would later become famous lending his name to the hard rock band that first introduced Sammy Hagar to the world. In a 1980s interview, Montrose recalled the session for "Wild Night" and what it was that left him in awe of Morrison's skills as a producer.

The late guitarist Ronnie Montrose on what -- as a young musician on the session for "Wild Night" -- left him in awe of Van Morrison's production skills. OC...right there. :18

"Being able to see something, spot it, and say that's good. In other words, I was just noodling around, playing the chords. I played that little rhythm chord intro to 'Wild Night' and Van said, 'That's it, that's the intro to the song.' And I wasn't thinking it, you know. It was just like he picked up on instinct and just said, 'That's the song, right there.'"

Van Morrison - Wild Night (1971)

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